In Brief: Dec. 20, 1999

VENTURE OUT Sick of reading about venture capitalists making a mint by investing in dotcoms before they go public? Well, thanks to a newfangled mutual fund announced last week, you can plant seed capital. To be eligible for the fund, which VC Draper Fisher Jurvetson will roll out next year with investors must earn $50,000, have $50,000 in the bank and plunk down at least $5,000. Just remember: most venture-capital bets are losers. Yours could be too.

STICKER SHOCK When it comes to buying a new car, online shopping may not be the cheapest road. That's the conclusion...

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